Decorating Pumpkins Without Carving Them

painted pumpkins
While carving pumpkins is the most common way to decorate them for the holidays, you can create funny, scary, and unique pumpkins without carving. A secondary benefit is that they often last longer. This is a page about decorating pumpkins without carving them.

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September 24, 2009

masks on pumpkinsThis year at the end of the season, buy up the Halloween masks when they are in the clearance piles. I purchased masks for pennies each and saved them until the next year. I place them on appropriately sized pumpkins and used them to decorate my front yard. I live across the street from an elementary school and they got lots of views!

By Linda from Lebanon, PA

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October 23, 2012

Little girl holding glitter decorated pumpkin.A safe way for kids to decorate pumpkins.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes



Take any size pumpkin and let your little one make pictures on the pumpkin with the glue. Don't use too much or it will run down the pumpkin. After the glue is on sprinkle any desired color glitter on the pumpkin.

By Teresa L S. from Campbellsville, KY

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October 1, 2018

I started this project because I volunteer at a senior center. I do arts & crafts with them there and have great fun. I am very limited in what they can use such as, hot glue, sharp scissors, or certain types of paints and most of all, carving!


So this is what I came up with. This is also great for young children.

Easy Pumpkin Decorating - funny pumpkin with big ears

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October 29, 2008

Decorate a pumpkin with construction paper. It's safer then a knife carving pumpkin. Then attach beads, etc., whatever you have, even yarn for the hair.

Construction paper decorated jack-o-lantern.

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October 5, 2005

I buy my Halloween pumpkins at the beginning of October to sit out on our porch. Instead of carving them right away, knowing they won't last until the end of the month, I take a black Sharpie marker and draw the eyes, nose, and mouth and color them in, then sit it outside.

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October 12, 2022

Instead of carving a Jack-'o-Lantern in your pumpkin, why not paint it instead. This allows you to use color to create a fun or spooky decoration.


The whole pumpkin can be used for pies after Halloween.

A collection of painted pumpkins.

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November 7, 2020

This is a fun way to have a cute design on a pumpkin without being an artist.

Pumpkinscape - decoupaged pumpkin

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